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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    20 out of 34 games included to the stats (58&… number of aces & double faults correct for the entire match) of that indoor semifinal played in October ’89.

    The bitterest Edberg’s ‘best of 3’ defeat, yet received off the hands of one of the best fighters in the Open Era. After saving a set point in the 2nd set, Edberg wasted two match points serving at 6:5 (BH-return winner & FH passing-shot). In the 3rd set, the Swede led 5:2* (15/0), 5:4 (30/0) & 6:5 (30/15). The match lasted 2 hours 27 minutes, in the final Krickstein easily outplayed Carl-Uwe Steeb. It was a time when the 22-year-old Krickstein was enjoying the best period of his career, while the 23-year-old Edberg entering the best one for himself, which elevated him to No. 1 in the world one year later. It was their third pro-meeting Krickstein had won them all in dramatic fashion, Edberg’s comment on that: “What’s it going to take for me to beat this guy?”. The Swede will win their next seven meetings, initiating the streak already in his next tournament in Paris. “I feel great. This was my biggest title ever,” Krickstein said after the final. “Many great players have won this tournament. I am happy to be in that category. I got off to a fast start. I was able to hit deep backhands and moved well.

    Krickstein’s route to his 7th title:
    1 Bobo Zivojinovic 6-3, 6-7(8), 7-6(4)
    2 Broderick Dyke 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Q Grant Connell 6-3, 6-4
    S Stefan Edberg 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3) – 2 m.p.
    W Carl-Uwe Steeb 6-2, 6-2

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